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"Time away when we needed it the most"

For Jon and his wife Tonia, a holiday seemed out of the question when Jon received the devastating news that he had terminal cancer. But last year, the couple, along with their teenaged son, Keiran, were able to get away as a family.

In February 2016, Jon Malocco was experiencing severe back pain forcing him to go to his local GP. After undergoing some tests, Jon was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer at 48-years-old. Forced to leave his job as a Water Technician getting away for a summer holiday seemed out of the question.

But hope came when the family were put in touch with the RAF Disabled Holiday Trust.

St Bride's Castle

In June the family visited St Bride's Castle set on a 99-acre estate within the remote and unspoilt Pembrokeshire peninsula.

Tonia said: "It was fab, two weeks away was just what we needed. The staff were on hand to help us with whatever we needed and everything was suited to Jon's needs.

"We never thought we would be able to afford to go on holiday again, so it was great to get away as a family. The surroundings were so beautiful and we really made the most of all of the amenities, table tennis, swimming, long walks…we loved every minute of it!

"It was nice to get away and to not have to worry. Time away when we needed it the most."

The family were eligible for a holiday through the Disabled Holiday Trust due to Jon's nine years service in the Royal Air Force as an Airframe fitter.

Tonia ended: "I would encourage anyone who may be eligible for a break as part of the Disabled Holiday Trust to go ahead and enquire, you'll have a fantastic time!"

The RAF Disabled Holiday Trust offers RAF personnel, serving and retired, and their dependents with severe disabilities self catering holidays in the UK and overseas. The facilities are specially adapted and accessible allowing families to holiday together.

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